The Symbol of Oneness- Lotus Temple

Delhi’s temperature has started sliding. With less sunshine & shorter days, everyone’s warm clothes are breathing again. This is a good time to go and enjoy the serenity of the Baha’i Mashriqu’l-Adhkar, popularly known as the “Lotus Temple”. Amidst the well groomed gardens & marked paths is this architectural marvel by Fariborz Sahba, an Iranian-Canadian architect. He along with a team of about 800 engineers, artisans and technicians  accomplished this unfathomable construction in the world. And since its construction in 1982, it has received many awards & recognitions.

The Lotus temple got its name from its structure which is a half opened Lotus flower with 27 detached “petals” . There are three levels of petals; each a group of nine petals. The first two clusters incline inward, camouflaging the inner dome; the third layer curves outward shrouding the nine entrances.

Basking in the warmth of the autumn sun, I surged to the threshold of the youngest of the world’s independent religions that has transformed the concept of worship: the Baha’i faith. Its founder, Baha’u’llah (1817-1892), is a preacher of equality & humanity. The Baha’i philosophy believes in elimination of prejudice by giving birth to a universal civilization.  People of all faiths come here & meditate silently by sitting on the benches inside. Everyone takes back a sense of enlightenment with them.

        

There are six other Bahá’í Houses of Worship around the world, each with their own distinct cultural identity while sharing the basic design concepts & conveying the principle of oneness. India has it in a shape of a lotus because it is believed that Lord Brahma the creator of the universe was born out it.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. surindernath says:

    Very Impressive. Thanks for your great effort !

  2. sunith sudakaran says:

    great infrmation….. 🙂

  3. Arindam says:

    Lotus temple is one of the most beautiful places in India. I have never been to this place. So thank you for sharing so much information about it.

  4. arrwstos says:

    awesome!!!

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